Sponsored by Cornell University
Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 8:00am - 5:30pm
Ithaca, NY 14850
Call for Papers
From Hesiod’s grim assessment of the “Ages of Man” to Tacitus’ harsh appraisal of Roman morality, the concept of decay loomed large in the minds of ancient authors. To these observers, the present usually failed to measure up to the past—and the future seemed likely to be even worse. The archaeological record sometimes illustrates the exaggeration in these narratives; at other times, however, it shows the palpable effect that the material and social aftermath of political disintegration had on daily life. The realms of science and knowledge were likewise affected by decay either directly—such as the obsolescence of Egyptian hieroglyphic writing—or by preoccupation with its prevention—as in mummification and embalming practices.
This conference will examine the role of decay—both real and perceived—in the literature, history, and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean from the Bronze Age through the Late Antique period. We welcome papers critically addressing topics such as (but not limited to):
Instructions for Submission
Please send anonymous abstracts as an attachment to email@example.com by December 15, 2012. In the body of the e-mail, please provide your name, institution, and paper title. Abstracts should be approximately 250 words in length. Please submit abstracts as attachments in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Each paper will be allotted approximately 20 minutes for presentation and should be written for an audience of graduate students and faculty in fields related to the ancient Mediterranean world. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid-January.